Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

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Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Post by mtebbe » Wed May 16, 2018 10:04 pm

I am pleased to announce Penn Bowl 2018 (Penn Bowl XXVII) for the Fall semester of 2018. We plan to run this tournament at the main site on October 20th.

QUESTIONS

This tournament will be written by writers from Penn. The tournament will be edited by a team of editors consisting of Eric Mukherjee, Jordan Brownstein, JinAh Kim, Jaimie Carlson, and Samir Khan. Jaimie Carlson will be head-editing. There will be 15 packets of power-marked questions not longer than 8 lines (including bolding for power). The target difficulty is roughly the same as past Penn Bowls.

The distribution we are using is as follows:
4/4 Literature (1/1 American, 1/1 British, 1/1 European, 1/1 World & Other)
4/4 History (1/1 American, 1/1 Continental European, 1/1 British+Classics, 1/1 World)
4/4 Science (1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1/1 Math and Other)
3/3 Arts
3/3 RMP
1/1 SS
1/1 Geography, CE, and Trash

Each packet will also have a tiebreaker tossup from literature, history, or science.

HOSTING

We are looking for mirrors in all regions. The mirror fee will be $40 per team. All mirrors of this tournament should aim to run on either October 20th or 27th.

At the main site, we will use the following fee structure:
Base fee: $120 per team
Working buzzer discount: $5 each
Approved moderator discount: $15 each
Travel discount: $10 (more than 200 miles one way according to Google maps)

If you have any questions, please contact pennquizbowl@gmail.com.

METHOD OF PAYMENT (borrowed from Cody Voight)

All teams must pay by the day of the tournament. We prefer to accept payment in person right before the tournament starts, but we will accept checks by mail ahead of time if your procedures require it. Teams who do not pay by the day of the tournament will be charged a $25 penalty and will have two weeks to pay their total amount before we start mailing letters to your school administration about it.

We can accept cash, personal checks, or checks from school, school district, or quizbowl club funds. We have no ability to process purchase orders or credit cards, but we will accept Paypal and Venmo. Bringing forms of payment outside of the three listed will be considered nonpayment and subject you to the $25 late payment penalty.

All checks must be made out to either "Nitin Rao" or "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" (must be exact wording). If you bring a check not made out to either "Nitin Rao" or "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and have no other method of paying for the tournament, you will be subject to the $25 late payment penalty. If you require a pre-tournament invoice or W9 in order to have a check cut, let us know early enough for your school to process the payment. We can generally send you an invoice the same day.

MIRRORS

Please contact pennquizbowl@gmail.com if you're interested in hosting a mirror or have any other inquiries.

Current mirrors:
Upper Midwest: UChicago, 10/20 (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21831
Lower Midwest: Truman State, 10/27 (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21484)
South Atlantic: Auburn, 10/27 (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21759)
SoCal:
NorCal: Stanford, 10/20 (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21822)
Northeast: Harvard, 10/27 (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21799)
Canada: Queen's, 10/27
Florida:
UK: Cambridge, 10/27
Minnesota: University of Minnesota, 10/20
South: LASA, 10/20
Lower Mid-Atlantic: UNC, 10/27 (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21762)

Current field (TEAMS/BUZZERS/STAFFERS): 34/38 teams
Robert Bork (2/0/0)
Wilmington Charter (1/3/0)
Beavercreek (1/2/0)
Miami Valley School (1/0/0)
West Egg (1/0/0)
Delaware (1/2/0)
NYU (3/1/0)
Rutgers (2/0/0)
JHU (3/3/0)
Ilium (1/2/0)
Gettysburg (1/1/0)
Penn State (3/1/0)
Princeton (2/1/0)
Yale (1/0/0)
Penn Manor (1/4/0)
UMD (4/1/1)
Virginia Tech (1/1/0)
UVA (2/4/0)
Cornell (3/2/0)
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Penn '21

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Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Post by Smuttynose Island » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:41 pm

Will there be an online mirror of Penn Bowl?
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Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Post by 1.82 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:33 pm

mtebbe wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 10:04 pm
Current field (TEAMS/BUZZERS/STAFFERS):
Sally Hemings (2/0/0)
This pseudonym is grossly inappropriate; I can elaborate on the reasons if required, but its inappropriateness should be self-explanatory. I believe that this has been indicated in the past to the high school using this pseudonym. It is incumbent on Penn and all other tournament hosts to disallow the use of this unacceptable pseudonym at this tournament and all future tournaments.
Naveed Chowdhury
Maryland '16
Georgia Tech '17

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Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Post by mtebbe » Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:54 pm

1.82 wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:33 pm
This pseudonym is grossly inappropriate; I can elaborate on the reasons if required, but its inappropriateness should be self-explanatory. I believe that this has been indicated in the past to the high school using this pseudonym. It is incumbent on Penn and all other tournament hosts to disallow the use of this unacceptable pseudonym at this tournament and all future tournaments.
This has been privately addressed.
Smuttynose Island wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:41 pm
Will there be an online mirror of Penn Bowl?
At least one other person has shown interest in this. The Penn team isn't planning to hold an online mirror, but I'm open to others organizing and running one.
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Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Post by mtebbe » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:09 pm

We are almost at our field cap, so please register soon if you are planning to attend. We may be able to expand beyond 38 teams depending on how many staffers we are able to confirm - if any of the registered teams can send staffers (or anyone living in the Philly area would like to staff), we would greatly appreciate it.
Margaret Tebbe

Spartanburg High School '17
Penn '21

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